Student Arrested for offending liberal teacher.

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According to the cops, he almost incited a riot by having an opinion that does not jive with his lib teacher.

W.Va. Teen Arrested After 'Almost Inciting Riot' Wearing NRA Shirt to School


A West Virginia teen arrested and accused of nearly inciting a riot after a confrontation with a teacher over his National Rifle Association t-shirt has inspired dozens of students across his county to wear similar apparel in solidarity.
Jared Marcum, 14, had a confrontation Thursday with a Logan Middle School teacher over his NRA t-shirt, which bears the organization's logo, along with an image of a hunting rifle and the phrase, "Protect your right."

Marcum's lawyer, Ben White, said that when the teen was told to remove the shirt or turn it inside out, he attempted to engage the teacher in a debate.
"Jared respects firearms and has training to use them, and believes in the Second Amendment," White told ABCNews.com. "He believes it's being threatened by current legislation. He wore [the shirt] as an expression of political speech and the need to protect the Second Amendment."

White said that Marcum had been wearing the shirt without causing any problems from homeroom at the beginning of the school day through fifth period, and was confronted by one of the school's teachers while getting his lunch. When Jared refused to remove or reverse the shirt, the teacher began to raise his voice, and it caught the attention of students eating their lunch, White said.
Marcum was eventually arrested and taken away by police after refusing to remove the shirt. White said that when police told the teen they were going to arrest him, he stuck his hands out and said, "Fine."

Logan City Police Chief E.K. Harper told ABCNews.com that Marcum was not arrested for wearing a t-shirt, but for "disrupting the school process."
"His conduct in school almost incited a riot," Harper said.
Marcum was not put in jail, Harper said, and was released to his mother after less than 30 minutes at the police station -- normal procedure for a juvenile arrest.
White said that charges being filed against Marcum are pending the prosecutor's office's review of the evidence. But he insisted that it was the teacher who caused the issue by confronting the teen, and that video gathered from the school will prove it.

"I believe the teacher was acting beyond the scope of his employment," he said. "What the video shows is that students did step up on the benches to the tables in the lunchroom when they were escorting Jared out of building. Kids jumped up, clapping. Teachers said to get off and be quiet, and they did."
Logan county schools' dress code, which is posted online, prohibits clothing and accessories that display profanity, violence, discriminatory messages or sexual language, along with ads for alcohol, tobacco or drugs. There is no mention of the NRA or guns.

"My belief is that if the teacher could have applied some common sense and say, 'I think that violates the dress code. Let me check with the dress code,'" White said.
When contacted by ABCNews.com about the incident, Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond said that she was not at liberty to discuss students with the media, but indicated that more than the shirt led to the arrest.

"I don't think I've ever known of a student being suspended for a shirt," Zigmond said.
On top of his arrest and trip to the police station, Marcum was suspended from school for one day. This morning, he returned to school wearing the same t-shirt, White said.
White accompanied Marcum and his stepfather to a meeting at the school, where the principal, according to White, said that she "hates that it happened" to Marcum.
Logan County students wore NRA t-shirts today in solidarity with Marcum, White said, adding that
Marcum is an honor roll student eyeing a career in the military. Zigmond did not mention any disciplinary action during school today.

White is confident that all of the evidence will work in the teenager's favor.

"There's no evidence that Jared almost caused a riot," he said. "They won't be able to produce any evidence to that fact. ... The teacher should have the ability to debate things with students. I don't care how you slice it. ... It was the teacher not acting like an adult. He created the issue."
 

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This kid is great, wearing the same shirt the day he returned to school. And fuck the teacher... if they cared more about educating children instead of indoctrinating them, they would have has a discussion about the shirt and our rights in class.
 

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Sounds kind of attention whorey to me.
 

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...instead of indoctrinating them...
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The teacher and the cops should be arrested for violating his First Amendment rights.
*sigh* C'mon AH, you know that students on campus don't have first amendment rights. No more than they would with their parents under their own roof. The teacher is a cunt, but this is not a 1st amendment rights issue.

The only issue comes if there is a policy that is not enforced evenly.

I, of course, agree with the student's point of view, but students are there to shut the fuck up and learn, not be political billboards.
 

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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.


*sigh* C'mon AH, you know that students on campus don't have first amendment rights. No more than they would with their parents under their own roof. The teacher is a cunt, but this is not a 1st amendment rights issue.

The only issue comes if there is a policy that is not enforced evenly.

I, of course, agree with the student's point of view, but students are there to shut the fuck up and learn, not be political billboards.
Being that there wasn't a policy against political t-shirts, the teacher should have kept her mouth shut. Would the kid have been told to take it off if he was wearing this shirt?

 

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That doesn't cover what a school could consider "disruptive" speech. Subsequent court rulings have disallowed disruptive free speech.

Although the "disruption" was clearly the teacher's instigation, it still wouldn't be fully protected speech because there was a disruption. But since there was no ban on political speech T-shirts, they shouldn't have suspended him. A kid can get suspended for making a Poptart into a gun shape these days for Christ's sake...
 

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The only disruption was caused by the teacher. The shirt didn't advocate illegal activity and wasn't obscene. Those are the only exceptions to Tinker. If these parents push the issue, that school and police department are going to be in a world of shit.
 

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in 2001, you could engage a teacher in a debate of this manner and it would be an excellent argument, one both parties learn from. i really do blame the react first and don't think way of thinking the 24 hour biased on all sides news networks and their opinions passed off as news shows.
 

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in 2001, you could engage a teacher in a debate of this manner and it would be an excellent argument, one both parties learn from. i really do blame the react first and don't think way of thinking the 24 hour biased on all sides news networks and their opinions passed off as news shows.
Yep when I was school they didnt flip out like this either (class of '01). Kids werent a bunch of oversensitive faggots then either. Schools didnt turn into dumb ass factories they turned into buncha faggots factories

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Yep when I was school they didnt flip out like this either (class of '01). Kids werent a bunch of oversensitive faggots then either. Schools didnt turn into dumb ass factories they turned into buncha faggots factories

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some kids were, but they weren't catered to. it was amazing. even the gay kids didn't make a stink about the school's dumb rule. they just went with friends and the chaperones didn't care who did what there.
 

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The only disruption was caused by the teacher. The shirt didn't advocate illegal activity and wasn't obscene. Those are the only exceptions to Tinker. If these parents push the issue, that school and police department are going to be in a world of shit.
Except courts and school boards have repeatedly said that any shirt they find "disruptive to the learning environment" can be banned. A while I don't think this counts, it may be close enough to keep them off the hook.
 

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Except courts and school boards have repeatedly said that any shirt they find "disruptive to the learning environment" can be banned. A while I don't think this counts, it may be close enough to keep them off the hook.
It doesn't matter what the school and teacher claim. The teacher was upset and had him arrested purely because he didn't like the political message. That's why it's a clear First Amendment violation, and that's why the school and the cops are fucked.
 

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Except courts and school boards have repeatedly said that any shirt they find "disruptive to the learning environment" can be banned. A while I don't think this counts, it may be close enough to keep them off the hook.
Which is a ridiculous stance. The reaction is the distraction, and that's what should be addressed. The kid was just going about his day wearing his shirt... the people who disagreed with it are the ones that elevated the situation, and those are who should be addressed.

Instead of teaching children than many people have different opinions and that's part of life, you're teaching them that it's just better to silence those other opinions, and the best way to do that is to act outraged and overreact. These kids grow up to be the people who attack comedians for what they say, who try to drown out any voice they don't agree with (like the redheaded cunt in the Women thread), etc.